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So I was thinking of a new build and want a nice mid-tower case.

I don't want any sharp edges/gamery exteriors, so I had a look at Fractal, and I like the Arc Midi R2 and Define R4. Are there any other cases (any manufacturer) worth looking at?

My budget is £90 (roughly $135) and I'd like something fairly quiet but with very good airflow. I'm not going to be liquid cooling for a while as this will be transporting this about once a month and can't have pipes breaking in transit. I also can't afford a decent loop rolleyes.gif It needs to be able to cool my 1055T and 2 7870 Tahiti LEs pretty well.

Any recommendations or comparisons between the two Fractal cases are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
post #2 of 7
I think the Silverstone TJ08-E is worth looking at, I really wish I had one. Newegg
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post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by Namkab View Post

I think the Silverstone TJ08-E is worth looking at, I really wish I had one. Newegg

Nice case, but I'm planning to keep my current ATX mobo so I'd need something bigger.
post #4 of 7
Both are excellent cases but I have to give the edge to the Arc Midi R2.

My reasons for picking the Midi R2 over the Define R4:
* No door. I'm not a fan of doors, it restricts airflow.
* Its still a quiet case. I run the case fans on medium and I can't hear them.
* Support for 2x240 rads if I ever decide to watercool.
* The side window is very nice. I wanted a clean looking case with a window.
* I love that the top panel is filtered. Some people don't like this but I am a positive pressure guy so if I ever add fans up there they will be intakes.
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Originally Posted by jhaze84 View Post

Both are excellent cases but I have to give the edge to the Arc Midi R2.

My reasons for picking the Midi R2 over the Define R4:
* No door. I'm not a fan of doors, it restricts airflow.
* Its still a quiet case. I run the case fans on medium and I can't hear them.
* Support for 2x240 rads if I ever decide to watercool.
* The side window is very nice. I wanted a clean looking case with a window.
* I love that the top panel is filtered. Some people don't like this but I am a positive pressure guy so if I ever add fans up there they will be intakes.


Side window is nice, but surely that means no side intake fan? I'm running CFX so I thought with positive pressure you want side intake to stir the hot pockets that form.
post #6 of 7
Yup, no side intake fan for the Arc Midi R2. The Define R4 has one. I'm doing well enough with just 2x140mm intakes on the front panel and 1x140mm exhaust on the rear panel. It's just slightly enough positive pressure (verified with a square of tissue on the PCI slots trick), and if there are hot pockets in there, my temp sensors haven't found them. If they ever became a problem, adding another intake fan to the floor of the case in front of the PSU would take care of it.
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I'm not too fussed about the window, and according to reviews the R4 is only a few degrees hotter. If they make little difference I actually like the doors - I'm constantly opening the DVD drive accidentally and that's annoying, and the soundproofing is nice.

I think I'll wait a few months into 2014 before building this new rig - when HD9xxx and Ivy-bridge E are out and have had time for the prices to fall. So 8 months frown.gif

But +rep for the help, thanks!
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